This week, Avram Piltch discusses the history and milestones of the Raspberry Pi. It's hard to believe that its been 7 years since the original Raspberry Pi model released. In that time, almost everything has changed, except for the price of the computer. The original intention was to build only about 1000 devices, with the hope of getting more applicants to Cambridge University. Things changed really quickly, as educators, programmers, and makers all over the world took an interest in this full-featured computer with a very small price tag. Rather than 1000 devices, the organization has now sold over 25 million, with that milestone being hit only recently. One of the main reasons why the project has been so successful has been its $35 price. It's hard to imagine a computer with as much power as the Pi costing so little, but every top model has run in that price range. Another big reason is the organization tries to never end of life any of their products. In fact, 3 of the 5 products that have been discontinued have been because a key component was no longer available, making production impossible. No wonder the Raspberry Pi Foundation is so well regarded in the industry.
Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLuGHiTz Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the DDR community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bar Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and judging engineering notebooks at competitions. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors.
Avram's been in love with PCs since he played original Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple II+. Before joining Tom's Hardware, for 10 years, he served as Online Editorial Director for sister sites Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he programmed the CMS and many of the benchmarks. When he's not editing, writing or stumbling around trade show halls, you'll find him building Arduino robots with his son and watching every single superhero show on the CW.